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Corn Growers Leadership in Place for 2011

Corn Growers Leadership in Place for 2011
Key officers reelected, board member added.

The Indiana Corn Growers Association will be led for another term by a Tippecanoe County farmer. Gary Lamie, West Point, was recently re-elected to another term. He also serves on the National Corn Growers Association committee roster as a member of the Research and Business Development Action Team.

Meanwhile, two other officers were also re-elected to carry out duties as officers. They include Herb Ringel, of Wabash, Vice President of the ICGA, and Paul Russell of Eaton, who serves as Secretary/Treasurer.

The ICGA Board of Directors also have the power to add a person to the board as a farmer-director. Mike Flock, Ramsey, a long time corn and soybean producer, was added as a farmer-director. Flock was once featured in Indiana Prairie Farmer as one of the pioneers of mechanizing small hay bale handling of hay. He used a device that collected and then dropped 10 bales at once behind the baler. Then he picked them up and loaded the stacks with a tractor equipped with a pickup fork. Today, his efforts are focused more on corn and soybeans.

The ICGA shouldn't be confused with the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. It was created by the Indiana General Assembly to handle and oversee use of check-off funds collected form corn growers. First, the program was mandatory. Then it was converted to a collection at point of sale with refund provisions-type program.

Mike Shuter, Frankton, is current president of the Indiana Corn Marketing Council. Its structure and membership on boards that make decisions are totally separate from those of the Indiana Corn Growers Association.

One executive director serves the leadership of both ICGA, and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. ISA oversees soybean checkoff funds within the state. Recently, Mark Henderson, executive director of all these groups, resigned to enter private business.

The process of searching for and hiring a new director has not yet been announced. In the meantime, Jane Ade Stevens, senior director of promotions and marketing, will act as interim executive director. She held the same position during the gap between the last leader and the hiring of Henderson.

ICGA and ICD plus ISA offices are now co-located on the northwest side of Indianapolis, along with Indiana Pork and Indiana Beef Cattlemen's Association. The move has helped create synergy between the groups.

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